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TMC - Technology, Media & Communications

Belgium

Fuelled by increased consumer demand for cutting edge products and low-cost services, your business is faced with the constant battle to offer ‘more for less’. Innovation is key, but you need to overcome significant regulatory and commercial hurdles. For the past two decades, our team of over 100 specialist partners in 33 countries has been exposed to every risk and challenge you face in the TMC sector such as IP infringements or anti-trust issues. This means we understand the industries in which you transact including telecommunications, technology, sourcing, sports and media as well as data protection and are able to develop innovative solutions for you.

Technological convergence coupled with the rapid spread of new technologies has opened up a wealth of opportunities in your industry and you must move swiftly to capitalise on them. To stay ahead of the competition, you need to spot and pre-empt legal difficulties before they arise. From M&A to investment and financing, from tax to licensing and product liability, from intellectual property to employment and environmental issues, from network sharing to outsourcing, our multi-disciplinary teams can help guide you towards the most commercially successful outcome.

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"Clients appreciate the team's 'quality and pragmatic approach, in-depth knowledge and teamwork'."

Chambers Europe, 2018

"They are really experts in telecoms. They know the market, our competitors and our business very well. They can assist in very complex and sensitive files."

Feedback from a client, Chambers Europe, 2018

"CMS’ team ‘has excellent knowledge in Belgian and EU telecom and data privacy matters’ and provides ‘pragmatic advice with the business perspective in mind’."

Legal 500, 2018

"Dirk Van Liedekerke is recognised by clients as a "leading telecoms lawyer" and praised by peers for his "in-depth knowledge of competition regulation and excellent technique and technical approach." He is vastly experienced in domestic and EU regulatory matters and regularly assists major operators and leading players in the TMT sector."

Chambers Europe, 2018

"A reference on the market for data protection. They are hands-on and the fees are accessible."

Feedback from a client, Chambers Europe, 2018

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    Artificial Intelligence

    There is no doubt that artificial intelligence has good and bad surprises, successes and disappointments in store for you/us. The members of our Artificial Intelligence group are attentive observers of the development of artificial intelligence in their field of expertise. By coming together, they have set themselves the objective to follow the evolution of artificial intelligence in a transversal way. This technological watch allows CMS Belgium to be able, in particular, to assist you in your projects for the deployment of artificial intelligence within your companies, alert you to any potential opportunities or risks, help you to face the damages caused by an algorithm, offer you a service at the forefront of innovation by optimizing our interactions.

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    03/02/2017
    Does Trump’s Ex­ec­ut­ive Or­der threaten EU-US data trans­fers?
    On Janu­ary 25th 2017 US Pres­id­ent Don­ald J. Trump ad­op­ted an Ex­ec­ut­ive Or­der titled “En­han­cing Pub­lic Safety in the In­teri­or of the United States”. The Ex­ec­ut­ive Or­der mainly fo­cuses on strength­en­ing im­mig­ra­tion en­force­ment. However, it also re­quires US fed­er­al...
    15/04/2016
    CMS Net­work Shar­ing Study 2016
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    In a re­cent de­cision that could have leg­al im­plic­a­tions on the use of open-source soft­ware in China, the Beijing In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Court (BIPC) used a con­tro­ver­sial test to de­term­ine wheth­er soft­ware de­veloper YouZi in­fringed on copy­right or simply ex­ploited.
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    On 17 Septem­ber 2018, 17 gambling reg­u­lat­ors is­sued a de­clar­a­tion in which they raised their con­cerns re­lated to the blur­ring lines between gambling and gam­ing. The de­clar­a­tion iden­ti­fies four main areas of con­cern: skin bet­ting, loot boxes, so­cial casino gam­ing.
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    June 2018 News­let­ter
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    The Dutch Gam­ing Au­thor­ity (DGA) has im­posed a fine of EUR 312,500 on on­line bet­ting op­er­at­or Mr Green Ltd (Mr Green), which ex­ploits the web­site www. mr­green. com, for vi­ol­at­ing the Dutch Bet­ting and Gam­ing Act (WOK).
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    In the new draft  set of rules ("Pro­pos­al for a Reg­u­la­tion for fair­ness and trans­par­ency for busi­ness users of on­line in­ter­me­di­ation ser­vices"), the European Com­mis­sion will ob­lige on­line in­ter­me­di­ation ser­vices and search en­gines to ob­serve great­er fair­ness.